I currently have the rear wheel removed on my Wing, whilst I wait for a new O Ring from my local dealer (will be here Tuesday, they say)
Whilst the Wing is off the road I thought that I would balance the carbs with my new balancer, purchased at the BMF today. I know that the rear wheel sometimes rotates, even when in neutral, when the engine is running so will it be OK to run the engine for 10-15 mins with no rear wheel fitted ? Or should I just loose fit the rear wheel to do the job ?
Oh, almost forgot. I have never balanced the carbs before and have read how to do it in the Clymer manual but I guess there must be an article or posting on this wonderful forum on "carb balancing for begineers" ?
Thanks Folks. I can assure you that I will put the wheel back on before I test ride it !
Any tips about the carb balance please ?
Tell you a story. The first time I had the carbs balanced it was by the local Honda dealer who charged me £25, which I thought was good value and they did a very good job. Some time later (a couple of years) I took it to a local tuning specialist and asked for a balance and a tune up (cos I thought that it was running rich). He is well known in the racing fraternity and has all the kit; crypton tuning, computer printouts and a rolling road. I should have thought that something was amiss when I rang up later in the day and ws told that it was not finished "yet" !
When I went to collect it the next day I was told that the mixture was almost "spot on" and I got loads of computer printouts and a bill for ....... wait for it
and the Wing was no better than the £25 job. Lesson learnt ... always ask the price FIRST !
My local dealer(s) now want £47 to do a carb balance and so I bought my own kit today for a lot less than that ! So a few tips would be appreciated.
I have studdied the excellent article on carb balancing by Steve (as per link above) and I have removed the panels and the inspection rubber (on the right hand side fan cowl) but I am struggling to find the balance screw. It's so dark in there ! (yes I do have several torches) Any tips on how to find this screw please ? I thought about a "low wattage bulb on a piece of wire" inserted in this area but not sure how safe that would be be. I have looked at taking the right hand fan out, which appears to be held in place by just 2 bolts but I am concerned that I may bring out some wiring with it.
Any suggestions/advice please ?
Also I have noticed that there is a small amount of fluid/dust in the area of the right hand side balance tap (the one with the phillips screw in it that needs to be removed). Should there be a sealing washer on this phillips screw ?
PS. It seems that it may be better to adjust the balance screw with a socket as it will stay on the screw better than a screwdriver. What size socket do I need please ?